Our Team

Executive Staff

Yasmeen Hamza

Chief Executive Officer

Alena Victor

Chief Program Officer

Carolyn Antonio

Director, Development

Quiana Stokes Haynes

Director, Finance

Sasha-Ann Frazer

Associate Director, Community Programs

Shan Huang

Associate Director, Special Programs

Taykina Chowdhury

Associate Director, Residential Programs

Franchesca Parra

Human Resources Manager

Ayaka Matsushima

Manager, Brooklyn Community Office

Reema Sharma

Manager, Community Education and Outreach

Brooke Barber

Manager, Grants

Rahnum Tasnuva

Manager, Helpline

Alisha Mohammed

Manager, Legal Program

Kaori Nagao

Manager, Manhattan Community Office

To Be Announced

Manager, Operations and IT

Farzahana Akhtar

Manager, Pathways to Empowerment

Mary Caparas

Manager, Project Free

Joseph Sarmiento

Manager, Quality Improvement

Tianjin Li

Manager, Queens Community Office

WuYu Cao

Manager, Residential Programs

Nusrat Siraj

Manager, Residential Programs

Board of Directors

Narges M. Kakalia


Partner, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo, PC

Nina Pineda

Vice Chair

Consumer Reporter, WABC-TV

Jenifer Garvey

Financial Services Professional

Alexander Ong


Technology Consultant

Yogesh Bahl

Board Member

Mika Tsugiyama Bouvard

Board Member

Former Case Writer, Columbia University, Columbia Business School

Deborah Chan

Board Member

Attorney, Law Office of Deborah Chan, PC

Sujata Dayal

Board Member
VP & Global Chief Compliance Officer, Medline Industries

Flora Feng

Board Member
Senior Legal Director, PepsiCo

Merv Garretson

Board Member

Group Creative Director, Hearst

Susanna Hong

Board Member
Managing Partner, Broadleaf Capital Advisor

Mae Hsieh

Board Member

New York University JD/MBA

Joanna Martin

Board Member

Global VP, Communications & Social Media, Kiehl's

Eric Su

Board Member
Partner, Crowell & Moring

Jarret Yoshida

Board Member

Interior Designer, Jarret Yoshida, Inc.

Honorary Board of Directors

Connie Chung

Honorary Board Member

Television Journalist

Karen Elizaga

Honorary Board Member

Executive Coach, Forward Options LLC and Author, Find Your Sweet Spot

Victoria W. Hsu

Honorary Board Member

Director, J.T. Tai & Co. Foundation

Pauline Lee

Honorary Board Member

ESL Instructor

Emeritus Board of Directors

Zal Dabhoiwala

Emeritus Board Member

IT Auditor, Banco do Brasil

Ankur Keswani

Emeritus Board Member

Senior Managing Director, Serengeti Asset Management

Hoon-Jung Kim

Emeritus Board Member

Corporate Counsel, Google Inc.

Janet Akie Masamitsu

Emeritus Board Member

Owner/Metalsmith, Janet Sterling Silver Design

Cassidy Sehgal-Kolbet

Emeritus Board Member

Vice President, Digital and Advertising Law, L'Oreal USA

Niketa Sheth

Emeritus Board Member

Kyoko Waseda-Hida

Emeritus Board Member

Executive Director, Goldman Sachs

Young Professionals Board

Pamela Rose


K-12 Educator (Mandarin)

David Chang


Research Assistant, Paul Weiss